Lore Lindu establishes tarsier breeding center

Lore Lindu establishes tarsier breeding center

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Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu | Archipelago | Tue, February 25 2014, 10:25 AM

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The tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates, is a combination of sandy-grey and ochre in color. Equipped with long legs, it can leap up to 2 meters. The animal can be found on a number of islands in Indonesia, including Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Sumatra, as well as in the Philippines. People in Central Kalimantan call it the tangkasi.

In other regions, it is called the ghost monkey, the mini-monkey and the small monkey, while it is scientifically known as the Tarsius sp. from the Tarsiidae family.

In Central Sulawesi, especially in the Lore Lindu National Park (TNLL), the tarsier is a target of poaching and is consumed due to its relatively tasty meat. Consequently, its population is dwindling.

“Whereas in fact, the tarsier is the only primate in the world that does not eat leaves, fruit, flowers or other vegetation. It is a carnivore and eats all kinds of insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets and cockroaches, as well as lizards and small birds,” TNLL conservation and technical affairs head Ahmad Yani told reporters at his office recently.

Keeping in mind the dwindling tarsier population, Yani said the park had developed a tarsier breeding center in a protected forest in Kamarora village, Nokilalaki district, Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi.

“But the breeding program is still in the trial phase and has not yielded results,” he said.

Several tarsiers in the program had reproduced before.

In the breeding program, Yani said, the tarsiers’ behavior and mating patterns were observed.

The tarsier, which is endemic to Sulawesi, lives in banyan trees and bamboo. The banyan tree is used as a living and breeding site, while bamboo is a place to play.

“That’s why our breeding center is full of banyan trees and bamboo,” said Yani.

Asked about the tarsier population in the park, Yani said the center did not have precise data but was aware that the population was dwindling due to poaching.

“Our rangers often come across tarsier skulls in the forest,” said Yani.

He said local residents should not regard the tarsier as vermin as it did not destroy crops.

The tarsier stalks and then swiftly attacks its prey, holding it with both hands and pressing down with its feet until it completely overpowers it.

Like other primates, the tarsier is able to grab its victim securely with both hands, each of which has five fingers. It also has 10 toes.

Its middle toes stick out and curve like fangs, thus enabling it to grip its prey. Since it eats various kinds of insects, it is not regarded as a pest by farmers and owners of farms located around the forest.

“So its presence helps farmers because it eats animals that are regarded as pests by farmers,” said Yani.

Lore Lindu National Park megaliths

Lore Lindu National Park megaliths

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Pokekea megaliths – near Hanggira

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Tadulako megalith

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Stone Megalith in Bomba Valley

There are many carved stone megaliths around the Lore Lindu national park. This one is called the entertainer(!) and is in the Bomba Valley. There doesn’t seem to be much information on the culture that made these or the age of the megaliths. We saw a few of these and some other huge round hollowed out stones.

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Pokekia Megalith

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Tokalalaea Megalith

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Pokekea megaliths – near Hanggira

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In a remote part of the world, in a difficult accessible area on the island Sulawesi in Indonesia, is the mysterious Lora Lindu National Park. It is a nature reserve area under protection of UNESCO because of the exceptional flora and fauna. But it accommodates also a large number of mysterious megaliths. Nobody knows who the makers were or how old the megaliths are. The estimates diverge of hundreds up to thousands of years. Some statues remind of the moai on Easter island, but others more on the recently discovered pigmy tarsien.
The statue Palindo in the Brada valley could do well in a gallery for modern art. Until recent. this megalith was half buried and still is unknown how deep it stands in the ground. The Lore Lindu park is a tropical area of which the soil is rather soft as a result of the rich vegetation. Because of this it is nearly impossible to move heavy megaliths; they sink immediately in the ground. Another strange riddle is the stones pots of Kalamba in the Besea valley. These pots strongly resemble the stone jars in Laos. Where these pots come from, who have made them, when and to what they served remains a mystery.

Central Sulawesi Lore Lindu National Park Introduction

Central Sulawesi

Lore Lindu  national Park

Introduction

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Lore Lindu National Park represents various ecosystem types, including lowland tropical forest, sub-montane forest, montane forest, and mixed forest.
The plant species that can be found in both lowland tropical forest and sub-montane forest include Eucalyptus deglupta, Pterospermum celebicum, Cananga odorata, Gnetum gnemon, Castanopsis argentea, Agathis philippinensis, Philoclados hypophyllus, medicinal plants, and rattans.
Covering part of the Park is a sub-alpine forest at an altitude of 2,000 m asl. Frequently blanketed with mist, this forest contains short trees and mosses.
The biodiversity of this Park is rich in animal species, with 117 species of mammal, 88 species of bird, 29 species of reptile and 19 species of amphibian. More than 50% of the species inhabiting the Park are endemic animals like the Tonkean macaque (Macaca tonkeana tonkeana), babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa celebensis), diannae tarsier (Tarsius diannae), lesser Sulawesi tarsier (T. pumilus), bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus furvus), small cuscus (Strigocuscus celebensis callenfelsi), Sulawesi rat (Rattus celebensis), maleo fowl (Macrocephalon maleo), Sulawesi palm civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii musschenbroekii), gold snake (Elaphe erythrura and E. janseni), Sulawesi frog (Bufo celebencis), and six fish species, including an endemic species in Lake Lindu, Xenopoecilus sarasinorum.
Besides the riches of its natural resources, this Park also has some impressive groups of megaliths which are among the best megalithic monuments in Indonesia.
Lore Lindu National Park receives international technical assistance and has been declared by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in 1977.
Interesting locations/attractions:
Besoa Valley: maleo habitat, megalith sites and recreation.
Lake Lindu, Gimpu, Wuasa, Bada: rowing on the lake and observing birds.
Saluki, Bada, Napu Valleys: megalith sites.
Mt. Nokilalaki, Mt. Rorekatimbo, Lariang River: mountain climbing, camping and rafting.
Lewuto Lake: vistas over the lake, ancient human remains at Moradino.
Dongi-dongi, Kamarora: camping, thermal springs, forest exploration.
One of the cultural attractions outside the Park is the Lake Poso Festival in August.
Best time of year to visit: July to September.
How to reach the Park: Palu-Kamarora by car, 2.5 hours (50 km); or Palu-Wuasa by car, 5 hours (100 km); then Wuasa-Besoa by car, 4 hours. Palu-Kulawi, 6 hours (80 km). The trip into the Park area can be made on foot or on horseback along these routes: Gimpu-Besoa-Bada, 3 days; and Saluki (Sidaonta)-Lake Lindu, 1 day.
Office: Jl. Mawar Nr. 10
Palu, Central Sulawesi
Tel./Fax. : +62-451-423608
Declared : Minister of Agriculture, in 1982,
a total area of 231,000 hectares
Designated : Minister of Forestry SK No. 646/Kpts-II/99,
a total area of 217,991.18 hectares
Location : Regencies; Donggala and Poso (Province of Central Sulawesi)
Altitude 500 – 2,600 m asl.
Geographical location 119°57′ – 120°22′ E; 1°03′ – 1°58′ S
Trekking
There is an extensive web of trails inside Lore Lindu National Park. Guides are recommended and available in the valleys, Tentena, Palu and at the various BTNLL posts. You need a special permit to climb Gunung Nokilalaki.
* Bada Valley
o Tentena – Bomba 2 days
* Rimpa Valley – Bada Valley
o Masamba – Rimpa Valley – Badangkaia 6 days
* Bada Valley – Kulawi Valley
o Gintu – Tuare – Moa – Pili – Gimpu 3 days
* Napu Valley – Besoa Valley – Bada Valley
o Wuasa – Doda – Gintu 2 days
* Bada Valley – Besoa Valley – Kulawi Valley
o Gintu – Bomba – Doda – Hanggira – Gimpu 4 days
* Napu Valley – Danau Lindu
o Wuasa – Danau Lindu – Sidonda 3 days
* Danau Lindu
o Sidaunta – Tomado – Bomba – Simpang Tiga 3 days
* Climbing Nokilalaki
o Kamarora – Gunung Nokilalaki – Kamarora 2 days
* Napu Valley – Kulawi Valley
o Rompo – Katu – Toro 4 days
Mammals
* Bear cuscus – Ailurops ursinus
* Celebes dwarf cuscus – Strigocuscus celebensis
* Tonkean macaque – Macaca tonkeana
* Dian’s tarsier – Tarsius dianae
* Lesser Sulawesi tarsier – Tarsius pumilus
* Sulawesi palm civet – Macrogalidia musschenbroekii
* Lowland anoa – Bubalus depressicornis
* Mountain anoa – Bubalus quarlesi
* Rusa deer – Cervus timorensis
* Babirusa – Babyrousa babyrussa
* Celebes warty pig – Sus celebensis
* Golden shrew-rat – Bunomys chrysocomus
* Summit shrew-rat – Bunomys penitus
* Sulawesi grey rat – Eropeplus canus
* Large long-tailed tree-rat – Margaretamys elegans
* Small long-tailed tree-rat – Margaretamys parvus
* Hellwald’s spiny-rat – Maxomys hellwaldii
* Musschenbroek’s spiny-rat – Maxomys musschenbroekii
* Short-tailed shrew-rat – Melasmothrix naso
* – Paruromys dominator
* Hoffman’s rat – Rattus hoffmanni
* Yellow-tailed rat – Rattus xanthurus
* [ ] – Taeromys arcuatus
* Beautiful-tailed rat – Taeromys callitrichus
* [ ] – Taeromys hamatus
* [ ] – Tateomys macrocercus
* – Tateomys rhinogradoides
* Southern long-nosed squirrel – Hyosciurus heinrichi
* Northern tree squirrel – Prosciurillus murinus
* Red-bellied squirrel – Rubrisciurus rubriventer

Birds
* Maleo – Macrocephalon maleo
* Philippine Scrubfowl – Megapodius cumingii
* Blue-breasted Quail – Coturnix chinensis
* Red Junglefowl – Gallus gallus
* Spotted Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna guttata
* Wandering Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna arcuata
* Pacific Black Duck – Anas superciliosa
* Indonesian Teal – Anas gibberifrons
* Hardhead – Aythya australis
* Sulawesi Woodpecker – Dendrocopos temminckii
* Ashy Woodpecker – Mulleripicus fulvus
* Sulawesi Hornbill – Penelopides exarhatus
* Knobbed Hornbill – Aceros cassidix
* Purple-winged Roller – Coracias temminckii
* Dollarbird – Eurystomus orientalis
* Common Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
* Blue-eared Kingfisher – Alcedo meninting
* Sulawesi Kingfisher – Ceyx fallax
* Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher – Cittura cyanotis
* Black-billed Kingfisher – Pelargopsis melanorhyncha
* Collared Kingfisher – Todirhamphus chloris
* Green-backed Kingfisher – Actenoides monachus
* Scaly Kingfisher – Actenoides princeps
* Purple-bearded Bee-eater – Meropogon forsteni
* Blue-tailed Bee-eater – Merops philippinus
* Rainbow Bee-eater – Merops ornatus
* Sulawesi Hawk-Cuckoo – Cuculus crassirostris
* Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo – Cuculus fugax
* Oriental Cuckoo – Cuculus saturatus
* Plaintive Cuckoo – Cacomantis merulinus
* Rusty-breasted Cuckoo – Cacomantis sepulcralis
* Little Bronze-Cuckoo – Chrysococcyx minutillus
* Gould’s Bronze-Cuckoo – Chrysococcyx russatus
* Drongo Cuckoo – Surniculus lugubris
* Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopacea
* Black-billed Koel – Eudynamys melanorhyncha
* Channel-billed Cuckoo – Scythrops novaehollandiae
* Yellow-billed Malkoha – Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus
* Lesser Coucal – Centropus bengalensis
* Bay Coucal – Centropus celebensis
* Yellow-crested Cockatoo – Cacatua sulphurea
* Ornate Lorikeet – Trichoglossus ornatus
* Yellow-and-green Lorikeet – Trichoglossus flavoviridis
* Golden-mantled Racquet-tail – Prioniturus platurus
* Blue-backed Parrot – Tanygnathus sumatranus
* Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot – Loriculus stigmatus
* Red-billed Hanging-Parrot – Loriculus exilis
* Glossy Swiftlet – Collocalia esculenta
* Moluccan Swiftlet – Aerodramus infuscata
* Uniform Swiftlet – Aerodramus vanikorensis
* Edible-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus fuciphagus
* White-throated Needletail – Hirundapus caudacutus
* Purple Needletail – Hirundapus celebensis
* Fork-tailed Swift – Apus pacificus
* Grey-rumped Treeswift – Hemiprocne longipennis
* Minahassa Masked-Owl – Tyto inexspectata
* Sulawesi Owl – Tyto rosenbergii
* Sulawesi Scops-Owl – Otus manadensis
* Ochre-bellied Hawk-Owl – Ninox ochracea
* Speckled Hawk-Owl – Ninox punctulata
* Satanic Eared-Nightjar – Eurostopodus diabolicus
* Great Eared-Nightjar – Eurostopodus macrotis
* Sulawesi Nightjar – Caprimulgus celebensis
* Savanna Nightjar – Caprimulgus affinis
* Rock Pigeon – Columba livia
* Spotted Dove – Streptopelia chinensis
* Red Collared-Dove – Streptopelia tranquebarica
* Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove – Macropygia amboinensis
* White-faced Cuckoo-Dove – Turacoena manadensis
* Emerald Dove – Chalcophaps indica
* Stephan’s Dove – Chalcophaps stephani
* Sulawesi Ground-Dove – Gallicolumba tristigmata
* Pink-necked Green-Pigeon – Treron vernans
* Grey-cheeked Green-Pigeon – Treron griseicauda
* Red-eared Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus fischeri
* Maroon-chinned Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus subgularis
* Superb Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus superbus
* Black-naped Fruit-Dove – Ptilinopus melanospila
* White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula forsteni
* Grey-headed Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula radiata
* Green Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula aenea
* White Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula luctuosa
* Sombre Pigeon – Cryptophaps poecilorrhoa
* Barred Rail – Gallirallus torquatus
* Buff-banded Rail – Gallirallus philippensis
* Slaty-breasted Rail – Gallirallus striatus
* Snoring Rail – Aramidopsis plateni
* Bald-faced Rail – Gymnocrex rosenbergii
* Isabelline Waterhen – Amaurornis isabellinus
* White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus
* White-browed Crake – Porzana cinerea
* Purple Swamphen – Porphyrio porphyrio
* Watercock – Gallicrex cinerea
* Common Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
* Dusky Moorhen – Gallinula tenebrosa
* Sulawesi Woodcock – Scolopax celebensis
* Swinhoe’s Snipe – Gallinago megala
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Common Greenshank – Tringa nebularia
* Wood Sandpiper – Tringa glareola
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Comb-crested Jacana – Irediparra gallinacea
* White-headed Stilt – Himantopus leucocephalus
* Pacific Golden-Plover – Pluvialis fulva
* Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
* Whiskered Tern – Chlidonias hybridus
* Jerdon’s Baza – Aviceda jerdoni
* Barred Honey-buzzard – Pernis celebensis
* Bat Hawk – Macheiramphus alcinus
* Black-winged Kite – Elanus caeruleus
* Black Kite – Milvus migrans
* Brahminy Kite – Haliastur indus
* White-bellied Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus leucogaster
* Lesser Fish-Eagle – Ichthyophaga humilis
* Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle – Spilornis rufipectus
* Spotted Harrier – Circus assimilis
* Sulawesi Goshawk – Accipiter griseiceps
* Spot-tailed Goshawk – Accipiter trinotatus
* Small Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nanus
* Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk – Accipiter rhodogaster
* Rufous-winged Buzzard – Butastur liventer
* Black Eagle – Ictinaetus malayensis
* Rufous-bellied Eagle – Hieraaetus kienerii
* Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle – Spizaetus lanceolatus
* Spotted Kestrel – Falco moluccensis
* Oriental Hobby – Falco severus
* Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinu

* Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
* Oriental Darter – Anhinga melanogaster
* Little Pied Cormorant – Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
* Yellow Bittern – Ixobrychus sinensis
* Cinnamon Bittern – Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
* Black Bittern – Ixobrychus flavicollis
* Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax
* Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
* Purple Heron – Ardea purpurea
* Great Egret – Ardea alba
* Intermediate Egret – Ardea intermedia
* Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis
* Javan Pond-Heron – Ardeola speciosa
* Striated Heron – Butorides striatus
* Glossy Ibis – Plegadis falcinellus
* Australian Pelican – Pelecanus conspicillatus
* Woolly-necked Stork – Ciconia episcopus
* Hooded Pitta – Pitta sordida
* Red-bellied Pitta – Pitta erythrogaster
* Sulawesi Myzomela – Myzomela chloroptera
* Dark-eared Myza – Myza celebensis
* White-eared Myza – Myza sarasinorum
* Golden-bellied Gerygone – Gerygone sulphurea
* Olive-flanked Whistler – Hylocitrea bonensis
* Maroon-backed Whistler – Coracornis raveni
* Sulphur-bellied Whistler – Pachycephala sulfuriventer
* Slender-billed Crow – Corvus enca
* Piping Crow – Corvus typicus
* White-breasted Woodswallow – Artamus leucorynchus
* Ivory-backed Woodswallow – Artamus monachus
* Black-naped Oriole – Oriolus chinensis
* Cerulean Cuckooshrike – Coracina temminckii
* White-rumped Cuckooshrike – Coracina leucopygia
* Pygmy Cuckooshrike – Coracina abbotti
* Slender-billed Cicadabird – Coracina tenuirostris
* Sulawesi Cicadabird – Coracina morio
* White-rumped Triller – Lalage leucopygialis
* White-shouldered Triller – Lalage sueurii
* Rusty-bellied Fantail – Rhipidura teysmanni
* Hair-crested Drongo – Dicrurus hottentottus
* Sulawesi Drongo – Dicrurus montanus
* Black-naped Monarch – Hypothymis azurea
* Geomalia – Geomalia heinrichi
* Red-backed Thrush – Zoothera erythronota
* Sulawesi Thrush – Cataponera turdoides
* Great Shortwing – Heinrichia calligyna
* Grey-streaked Flycatcher – Muscicapa griseisticta
* Asian Brown Flycatcher – Muscicapa dauurica
* Mugimaki Flycatcher – Ficedula mugimaki
* Snowy-browed Flycatcher – Ficedula hyperythra
* Rufous-throated Flycatcher – Ficedula rufigula
* Little Pied Flycatcher – Ficedula westermanni
* Island Flycatcher – Eumyias panayensis
* Blue-fronted Flycatcher – Cyornis hoevelli
* Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher – Cyornis omissus
* Citrine Canary-Flycatcher – Culicicapa helianthea
* Pied Bushchat – Saxicola caprata
* Short-tailed Starling – Aplonis minor
* Asian Glossy Starling – Aplonis panayensis
* Sulawesi Myna – Basilornis celebensis
* White-necked Myna – Streptocitta albicollis
* Fiery-browed Myna – Enodes erythrophris
* Finch-billed Myna – Scissirostrum dubium
* Malia – Malia grata
* Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
* Pacific Swallow – Hirundo tahitica
* Zitting Cisticola – Cisticola juncidis
* Golden-headed Cisticola – Cisticola exilis
* Mountain White-eye – Zosterops montanus
* Lemon-bellied White-eye – Zosterops chloris
* Black-crowned White-eye – Zosterops atrifrons
* Streak-headed White-eye – Lophozosterops squamiceps
* Chestnut-backed Bush-Warbler – Bradypterus castaneus
* Gray’s Grasshopper-Warbler – Locustella fasciolata
* Oriental Reed-Warbler – Acrocephalus orientalis
* Clamorous Reed-Warbler – Acrocephalus stentoreus
* Mountain Tailorbird – Orthotomus cuculatus
* Mountain Leaf-Warbler – Phylloscopus trivirgatus
* Sulawesi Leaf-Warbler – Phylloscopus sarasinorum
* Tawny Grassbird – Megalurus timoriensis
* Sulawesi Babbler – Trichastoma celebense
* Yellow-sided Flowerpecker – Dicaeum aureolimbatum
* Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker – Dicaeum nehrkorni
* Grey-sided Flowerpecker – Dicaeum celebicum
* Plain-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes malacensis
* Black Sunbird – Nectarinia aspasia
* Olive-backed Sunbird – Nectarinia jugularis
* Crimson Sunbird – Aethopyga siparaja
* Eurasian Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
* Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
* Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea
* Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch – Erythrura hyperythra
* Blue-faced Parrotfinch – Erythrura trichroa
* Black-faced Munia – Lonchura molucca
* Scaly-breasted Munia – Lonchura punctulata
* Southern Black-headed Munia – Lonchura atricapilla
* Pale-headed Munia – Lonchura pallida
* Mountain Serin – Serinus estherae

Reptiles
* Sulawesi Tortoise – Indotestudo forstenii?
* Asian Box Turtle – Cuora amboinensis
* Sulawesi Forest Turtle – Leucocephalon yuwonoi
* Bronchocela celebensis
* Crested Lizard – Bronchocela cristatella
* Draco beccarii
* Hydrosaurus amboinensis
* Flat-tailed Gecko – Cosymbotus platyurus
* Cyrtodactylus jellesmae
* Four-clawed Gecko – Gehyra mutilata
* Tokay – Gekko gecko
* Spotted House Gecko – Gekko monarchus
* House Gecko – Hemidactylus frenatus
* Dibamus celebensis
* Blue-tailed Skink – Emoia caeruleocauda
* Lygosoma bowringii
* Common Sun Skink – Mabuya multifasciata
* Sphenomorphus parvus
* Sphenomorphus variegatus
* Common Water Monitor – Varanus salvator
* Cylindrophus celebensis
* Reticulated Python – Python reticulatus
* Sunbeam Snake – Xenopeltis unicolor
* Green Whip Snake – Ahaetulla prasina
* Mangrove Cat Snake – Boiga dendrophila
* Brown Tree Snake – Boiga irregularis
* Paradise Tree Snake – Chrysopelea paradisii
* Striped Bronze-back – Dendrelaphis caudolineatus
* Red-fronted Racer – Elaphe erythrura
* Jansen’s Racer – Elaphe janseni
* Oligodon waandersi
* Mock Viper – Psammodynastes pulverulentus
* Rabdion forsteni
* Yellowbelly Water Snake – Enhydris plumbea
* Amphiesma celebicum
* Rhabdophis callistus
* Triangled Keelback – Xenochrophis trianguligerus
* Indonesian Spitting Cobra – Naja sputatrix?
* King Cobra – Ophiophagus hannah
* Wagler’s Pit-Viper – Tropidolaemus wagleri

Amphibians
* Bufo celebensis
* Kaloula albotuberculata
* Kaloula baleata
* Four-lined Tree Frog – Polypedates leucomystax
* Rhacophorus georgii
* Crab-eating Frog – Fejervarya cancrivora
* Fejervarya limnocharis
* Limnonectes modestus
* Occidozyga celebensis?
* Occidozyga semipalmata?
* Rana arfaki
* Rana celebensis
* Rana chalconota
* Rana everetti
* Rana macrops
* Rana mocquardi
* Rana sanguinea

Spirits of the past haunt megalith site

Oct 7, 2008 (Source: Thejakartapost.com)Spirits of the past haunt megalith site

It was a hot morning and the roads were already busy in Watunonju village of Donggala regency, around 25 kilometers from Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi.

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Central Sulawesi Lore Lindu national Park, Birding

Central Sulawesi  Lore Lindu national Park, Birding

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Lore Lindu – PaluLore Lindu Megalith Tour (12 Days / 11 Nights) lorelindumegalith01DAY 1 On your arrival at Mutiara Airport Palu, transfer to Hotel Palu Golden, visit Museum Negeri Palu by traditional Horse – Cart which is called Dokar. This museum provides factual information about culture and nature. Lunch will be served at Silae Beach Restaurant. Afternoon visiting the traditional local sand mine at Palu river. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Palu Golden. (L, D) DAY 2 (Palu – Gimpu – Moa) After having breakfast depart Palu for Gimpu 100 km away by car about 3 hours drive and proceed your trekking to the beautiful isolated village, Moa 24 km away about 7 hours trekk. Lunch will be served on the way in the jungle. Arrive in Moa in the afternoon then transfer to villager home-stay for overnight. Enjoy the local vocal group in the evening. Dinne and overnight in the home stay. (B, L, D) DAY 3 (Moa and surrounding) DAY 4 (Moa – Tuare Bada Valley) Proceed your trekking to Tuare Village after having breakfast. Today your full day trekking to another 21 km away through the jungle about 7 hours trekk. Lunch will be served on the way. Arrive in Tuare in the afternoon then transfer to Tamalanggai Home Stay for overnight. Visit the traditional house of Lore Called Tambi, rice-barn called Buho, traditional bark cloth maker and local daily activities. Dinner and overnight at the home stay. (B, L, D) lorelindumegalith02 DAY 5 For more Details Itinerary please Contact Us. Lore Lindu Adventure Tour (7 Days / 6 Nights) DAY 1 On your arrival at Mutiara Airport Palu transfer to Palu Golden Hotel. Then visit Museum Negeri Palu. Lunch at Restaurant Taman Ria, the floating restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Palu Golden Hotel (L, D). DAY 2 Palu – Sidaunta – Tomado After having breakfast drive to another 63 km away by car about 2 hours, then trekking to Langko throught the thick jungle. These trekking can be last about 5 hours. Lunch will be served enroute.

langko village then by boat Tomado Village. Check in at Guest House in Tomado. Dinner and overnight in your stay. (B, L, D). DAY 3 Tomado and its surrounding For more Details Itinerary please Contact ....  read more

Central Sulawesi Lore Lindu national Park Trekking

Central Sulawesi  Lore Lindu national Park Trekking

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Trekking Lorelindu National Park – Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Located on the heart of Indonesia archipelago this province offers ancient megaliths, indigenous tribes, the mossy mountains, the sleepy blue lakes, the untouchable longest river from white water rafting, fantastic snorkeling, diving on coral reef, unpopulated small islands surrounded by endless white sandy beaches and natural voice in National reserves.
Rich in flora and fauna the most expensive Ebony wood, Teakwood, Rattan, Banyan trees, Black Orchids. The shy Babirusa, Anoa (Dwarf Buffalo), Deer and various species of birds including the rare Maleo birds (Macrocephalon maleo), Black Monkey Sulawesi (Maccaca maura), Tangkasi (the smallest species of monkies). Also offer you an  activities to those people who like adventures (trekking, rafting, birding).

Lore Lindu National Park – is a forested protected area on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The area of the national park is 2,290 km² covering both lowland and mountanous forests with an altitude range of 200 – 2,610 m. Some of its more popular inhabitants include the Red-Knobbed Hornbill and the Giant Civet. 227 bird species have been observed in the park, 77 of which are endemic to Sulawesi. In addition to the rich wildlife, the Bada Valley located in the park also contains stone megaliths dating from ca. 1300. The national park is also an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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*TREKKING LORE LINDU NATIONAL PARK*
Attraction            : Trekking Lore lindu National park.
Duration              : 05 days / 04 Nights.Besoa_traditional_houses
Tour area            : Palu – Moa – Bomba – Bada Valley – Tentena
Grade                  : Easy – Intermediate
Start – end          : Palu.

Day01: Palu–Gimpu–Moa(99km+24km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • And then drive for 3 – 4 hours to Gimpu and then 6 hours walking through among the rain forest to reach Moa village.
  • Overnight in local house Moa people at the village house.

Day 02 : Moa–Tuare (21 km)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Start the trekking 5 – 6 hours through primary rain forest to reach Tuare village.
  • Lunch on route.
  • We will arrive in Tuare late afternoon, stay overnight at local people house.

Day 03 : Tuare – Bomba (18 km)

  • Breakfast at guest house.
  • full day trekking to visit Megalithic statue at Bada valley.
  • Looking for the local people make bark cloth, walk through grassland, rice terrace and beautiful traditional village. Lunch will be served on the way.
  • Late afternoon arrive in Bomba. Overnight at Bomba Homestay.

Day 04 : Bada valley and surroundings

  • Bada valley is famous for many statues of megalithic stone  and today trips is visiting the megalith area across the valley’s rice field panorama and grass land view. Storage
  • The Lariang river is passed by us through the swing bridge or local language called Jembatan Gantung.
  • Lunch en-route.
  • Dinner. Overnight at locals houses.

Day 05 : Bomba – Tentena (72 km)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Drive + 5 – 6 hours to Tentena through the bumpy road, a bit off road adventure special in the rainy season.
  • We might have time to visiting  the Saluopa waterfall close to Tentena.
  • Take you to the hotel and end of service. From Tentena you can combine your trip to Ampana for Togean Island or Palu for flight to Makassar or Manado. Or dawn to South for Tana Toraja.

    Tour price includes :
    3 meals a day, accommodation, transportation and guide.

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Trekking Lorelindu – Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

*LORE LINDU JUNGLE TREKKING *
Attraction      : Jungle Trek, Rain Forest, Birding, Megalithic, Endemic Sulawesi Animals
Duration        : 08 days – 07 nights
Grade            : Easy – Intermediate
Tour area      : Lore lindu National park
Start/End      : Palu

Day 01 : Makassar – Palu – TentenaLore_lindu

  • Arrive in Sultan Hasanudin Makassar for the Meeting service.
  • Get the connecting flights for Palu (Morning Flights).
  • On arrival drive to Tentena for about 05 – 06 hours.
  • Lunch serve on the route at local restaurant.
  • Afternoon arrive in Tentena. Overnights in the hotel / cottage at lake Poso.

Day 02 : Tentena – Gimpu – Moa ( B L D )

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Then 3 – 4 hours drive to Gimpu and continue 6 hours walking through dense forest to reach Moa village.
  • Overnight in Moa at the village house.

Day 03 : Moa – Tuare ( B L D )

  • Breakfast at hotel,
  • Starting trekking to Tuare Village,
  • Lunch will be served with our cooker at the riverside of  Karantambe. 
  • Late we will arrive in the village directly to presenting to the settlers for the night in the local house. 
  •  Night in the local house or camp. 

Day 04 : Tuare – Bomba ( B L D )

  • Breakfast at hotel,
  • Starting trekking to Bomba. For about 8 -9 Hours walking for the valleys, local house, the rainforest bird. 
  • On the road we visit Palindo Megalith Stone, Kalamba Megalith. 
  • Lunch will be provided by our cooker in this trek.   

Day 05 : Bomba – Tentena

  • Breakfast hotel,
  • we will drive 5 – 6 hours to Tentena through the dirt road and muddy, a bit adventure special in the rainy season but still fun.
  • We might have opportunity to visit the Saluopa waterfall near Tentena.
  • Take you to the hotel wiht a beatufil Sand White lake Beach.

Day 06 : Tentena Tour ( B L D )

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Will visit Lokal Market and Suloupa Waterfall. 
  • Lunch will be served in Tentena in the afternoon, check – in a hotel for overnight

Day 07 : Tentena – Palu ( B L D )

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Leaving Tentena for to Palu Some stops on the way for the nice views .
  • Arrive in Palu direclty check-in at chice hotel.

Day 08 : Palu  – Out ( B )

  • Breakfast at hotel,
  • free program until your time transfer to the airport for Your onward flight.

The price include:

  • Flight  from Makassar – Palu
  • All transport by car , driver , fuel
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel and stay at local house
  • Meals during the trip
  • All tax and entrance fee
  • Porter for trek

– Central Sulawesi Lore Lindu National Park Map

Central Sulawesi

Lore Lindu National Park Map

World Heritage

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Since 1992, The Nature Conservancy has been helping to preserve the rain forests of this national park in partnership with the Directorate General of Protection and Conservation of Nature (PKA). The highly diverse ecosystems of this park include montane, cloud and monsoon forests.

The park has been declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Location
The park is composed of a complex of rift valleys and steeply folded mountains stretching across 568,000 acres (217,000 hectares) in central Sulawesi.

Animals
The park provides habitat for almost all of Sulawesi’s endangered mammal species, such as:

* Mountain anoa, a dwarf buffalo once common but now rarely seen
* Babirusa, an animal resembling both pig and hippopotamus
* Three species of tarsier, the world’s smallest primate
* Tonkean macaque
* Marsupial cuscus

Birds
The park is home to 227 bird species, of which 77 are found nowhere else on Earth.

Why the Conservancy Works Here
This national park contains one of the largest intact forests in Indonesia, but it also faces a variety of threats, including a rapidly growing population in and around the park.

What the Conservancy is Doing
The Conservancy has established a comprehensive program in the park, where it is working with the park management authority (PKA) to involve local communities in park management. Key aspects of the program include:

* Developing 5 and 25-year management plans for the park
* Conducting consultations with communities, a planning technique that helps prioritize conservation targets and build community support
* Carrying out vegetation and biodiversity studies
* Introducing sustainable agriculture projects to reduce pressure on park boundaries.

The Lore Lindu Website

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